Preseason Pullman Concert Will Honor First Responders

Updated 5 years ago Edited from a Press Release
Preseason Pullman Concert Will Honor First Responders

A preseason concert at Pullman Square will honor first responders, veterans and those on active military duty as well as commemorate the arrival of World Trade Center steel artifacts that will become a permanent 9/11 memorial in Huntington later this year.

“A Tribute to Our First Responders and Military,” sponsored by the City of Huntington and Kindred Communications, will start at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 12, with the sounds of “City Heat.”
The concert is free and open to the public. First responders, veterans and active members of the military are encouraged to attend.

At 7 p.m., two large pieces of rail tracks that were part of the PATH rail system that ran under the World Trade Center’s twin towers will arrive at Pullman Square. The artifacts will be on display for a brief period of time following a ceremony to remember those who died in the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

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The artifacts were donated by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which oversees a program has distributed recovered debris from the World Trade Center for memorials and museum exhibits in all 50 states and eight countries.

“Our memories of Sept. 11, 2001, remind us that we owe a constant debt of gratitude to all first responders and military personnel, for they place their lives on the line every day answering to the call of chaos and standing between us and danger,” Mayor Steve Williams said. “It’s fitting that we have a permanent memorial in Huntington to honor those who lost their lives on 9/11 and recognize the protection provided by the brave men and women who serve our country and our communities.”

A convoy will lead the steel artifacts out of New York City on the morning of May 12 as they travel to Huntington for the unveiling at Pullman Square. The convoy will consist of the Patriot Guard, which is widely known for assisting during funerals of military personnel and first responders and the transport of World Trade Center artifacts; the Huntington Police Department; and various chapters of the Blue Knights International Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club and Red Knights International Firefighters Motorcycle Club. Multiple law enforcement agencies will also provide escorts along the route to Huntington.

C.I. Thornburg Co. of Huntington will provide the flatbed truck, labor and other expenses to transport the steel artifacts to Huntington. Lowe’s of Barboursville also provided materials and store employees to help build a platform for the artifacts on the back of the flatbed truck.

Tom Bowen, a Huntington-area resident who served as a volunteer at the World Trade Center with FEMA’s Urban Search and Rescue and the New York City Office of Emergency Management in the months following the 9/11 terrorist attacks, joined with the Heritage Farm Foundation, the sponsoring organization, in submitting an application to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey for the steel artifacts to come to Huntington for a permanent memorial, the location of which will be announced at a later date.

“There are many men and women who serve our community and country as first responders and military personnel,” Bowen said. I hope that having these symbols of sacrifice and tragedy will leave a lasting reminder of not only what happened that day, but of the daily commitment these brave men, women and their families make to serve others. My hope is that we never forget.”

The concert and ceremony will be moved indoors to the Big Sandy Superstore Arena in the event of inclement weather.